The Bronxville Concordia College Clippers men's basketball team built a nine-point lead late in the game before Goldey-Beacom College mounted a comeback Saturday to pull out a 71-67 victory in a Central Atlantic Collegiate playoff game at Joseph West Jones Center in Wilmington.
Concordia, the No. 4 seed out of the North Division, was the underdog against top-seeded Goldey-Beacom, a team that defeated Concordia 82-76 earlier this month.
Goldey-Beacom jumped out to the early lead thanks to their three-point shooting. The Clippers battled back and tied the game at 16-16 after a three-point play by Brandon Whitaker. The layup for Whitaker gave him his 1,000th career point.
The Lightning would open up a seven-point lead at the 8:11 mark of the first half and Concordia came back again to score 12 straight points to take a five-point lead. The Clippers held onto the lead going into the locker room with a 37-34 advantage.
Goldey-Beacom trailed with seven minutes left in regulation but scored seven straight points to trail by only two points as the home crowd got back into the game. Argelix Gil made a layup for the Clippers at the 4:28 mark to take a four-point lead, which would be their last basket of the game.
Goldey-Beacom hit two shots to tie the game at 67-67 with 2:44 remaining. The Lightning got to the foul line with 1:22 on the clock and knocked down both foul shots to take the lead. In Concordia's next possession, they got a shot off in the paint only to have it blocked as Goldey-Beacom regained the ball.
Whitaker led the Clippers with 18 points and Gil had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Concordia (12-15, 9-9 CACC) has ended the season surprising the conference by making the playoffs. The team was picked to finish in sixth place in the North Division and made the playoffs and ended the regular season in fourth place.
From a report by Concordia College Sports Information
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